Founder & CEO, Marmalade Trust

Amy Perrin

Amy Perrin OBE, founded Marmalade Trust in 2013.  Whilst working as a health care professional for the NHS for 15 years her interest in loneliness grew as she saw the impact on health and wellbeing loneliness and social isolation was having on her patients. Marmalade Trust run various services including Christmas Day events and volunteer led social prescribing, supporting hundreds of people across the Southwest England every year. Marmalade Trust have an active group of over 900 volunteers, and in 2023 they were awarded the Kings Award for voluntary Service.

In 2017, Amy became increasingly aware of the stigma associated with loneliness and general need to raise awareness.. With a group of volunteers, she set up loneliness awareness week in the UK.  Over the past 7 years the week-long campaign has grown in impact and engagement, now reaching a global audience.  The week continues to reach millions of people every year and we support people and organisations to organise community events to increase connection, of which there will be 2000 activations in the UK this year.

Amy was awarded an OBE by King Charles in the New Honor list in 2023, to honour her work in the charity sector.